Description: Joan Merriam Smith (1936 – 1965) was an Americanaviator famous for her 1964 solo flight around the world that began and ended in Oakland, California, as she set out to follow the same route as the 1937 flight plan of Amelia Earhart. Mrs. Smith had attempted to become the first woman to circumnavigate the globe by herself, but another woman, Jerrie Mock, set off during the same week and would complete the task earlier. This KCRA-TV news footage from 1964 features Smith's return to Oakland and press conference.
Smith died at age 28 on February 17, 1965, when the light aircraft that she was piloting out of Long Beach Airport crashed into the San Gabriel Mountains near Big Pine, California, killing her and a magazine writer, Trixie Anne Schubert.
Source: Original 16mm Film Elements
Accession number: KCRASP 045
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